Mountain Biking - Is the Cannondale Jekyll a good frame?
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07-17-00, 10:43 AM
I've been looking over many MTBs- and it seems like the ones I like the most are dual suspension bikes which ride just like hardtails when ascending and have very good performance. I've been looking at Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp, Giant NRS, and the Cannondale Jekyll. Right now, I'm quite interested in Jekyll. How does everybody else feel about the Jekyll? Will you give me some advice on which bike you think is the best, rating it by its value, hardtail-like performance, so on. Thanks.
07-17-00, 09:59 PM
I have had a Jekyll 3000sl since March and as a cross country bike I think it is the best there is. It is light, and rides just perfect-for me. 24.5 pounds out of the box. The ride is smooth, but I wouldn't call it plush. I set the rebound moderately slow in the rear and had my LBS change the oil weight in the headshok to 10 weight, but that is just my preference. As far as hardtail-like ride, if you buy a Jekyll with the Fox RC, the lockout makes it essentially a hardtail. With just one pivot and beefy bearing assembly, there is no side to side slop. The shock will compress a little if you hit a big one- nice on the back. I have test rode a Specialized S-Works FSR XC and it made me all the happier I bought the Jekyll. It was the same price point as the Jekyll 3000, and I just thought the Jekyll suited me better. Good Luck
I ride a Jekyll 500. It's a great all mountain bike, but it's not stupendous for XC riding. Mine is SUPER plush.. I love it. One of the smoothest riding bikes I've ever had. The geometry on it is good and laid back. I feel comfortable hauling major ass on it. It actually gets me in trouble because I feel super confident riding it. It's no really that efficient, but I don't find that it bobs really badly. I'm going to have my shock send to PUSH to have it revalved with their platform technology. I've heard that will really wake the bike up. Hopefully I don't lose any of that sweet plush travel! If you get one, make sure to get a 2003 or newer Jekyll frame. There was a change in design on the earlier models due to a weak swingarm. I have the older model and haven't broken it, however.
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